Senior qualifies for Presidential Scholars Program

Lydia Urice

Photo provided by Eric Miranda

Senior Eric Miranda is one of 5,000 students in the nation to become a candidate for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.

Candidates are qualified by scoring “exceptionally well” on ACT and SAT tests, graduating or receiving a diploma in between Jan. and Aug. 2023, and being a legal U.S. citizen.

“I’m honored to be selected as a candidate for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. I still have to do a pretty lengthy application, but I’ll try my best to get the honor,” Miranda said over text.

Miranda took steps to prepare for the test.

“I got the official ACT guidebook,” Miranda said. “I pretty much did the practice tests with time limits and then went over my answers. With the ones I got wrong, I tried to understand why I got them wrong so I could do better if a similar problem appeared later.”

Miranda took two ACTs. He got a 34 after his first take, and a 36 after his second. 36 is the highest score one can receive on the ACT.


Lydia Urice – Editor in Chief

This will be Lydia Urice’s third year on ECHO staff. She made several contributions while taking journalism class her freshman year. She was Podcast Editor for her first year on staff, and Junior Editor her second year.

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